If I throw 1000 10-centimeter-long needles on to a tiled floor, where each tile is a 10 cm x 30 cm rectangle, approximately how many needles will end up lying across a crack?
You may assume that the widths of both the needles and the cracks are negligible.
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Also Mathworld supporst this solution at http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Buffon-LaplaceNeedleProblem.html Buffon Laplace needle problem
Edited on January 21, 2005, 3:21 pm
Posted by Hugo
on 2005-01-21 15:20:36